A Journey from SACAI to Stellenbosch – Clarissa Iyer’s Inspiring Story

Transitioning from SACAI to Stellenbosch University with a prestigious Sasol bursary, Clarissa Iyer emerges as a shining example of academic excellence in the class of 2022. Ranked as the second-highest performing matriculant, Clarissa is now poised to embark on a journey that promises to shape her future and impact the world around her.

In an exclusive interview, we had the pleasure of sitting down with Clarissa to capture her exhilaration as she steps into this new chapter of her life. She generously shares her anticipations, offering us a glimpse into what she’s most eager to experience during her time at Stellenbosch University. Her insights serve as an inspiration to countless aspiring students who look up to her achievements.


Clarissa’s remarkable achievements reflect not only her dedication but also the unwavering support she received. As we celebrate her accomplishments, we are reminded of the bright prospects that lie ahead for this talented young scholar.


Join us in extending your heartfelt congratulations to Clarissa for her extraordinary accomplishment. Let’s collectively wish her the very best as she embarks on this exciting new adventure, brimming with possibilities and opportunities.

Highlights from the 2022 SACAI Prize Giving

In the heart of Pretoria, a night of inspiration and accomplishment unfolded – the 2022 SACAI Prize Giving for Matric students. Teneo proudly participated in this unforgettable event, honoring top-performing individuals who showcased unwavering dedication throughout their Teneo journey.


The celebration was a delight for everyone involved, filled with proud graduates stepping into their futures with confidence and mortarboards high. As a testament to their hard work, Teneo celebrated their achievements and shared the story of the top five SACAI students on a national scale.


Join us in celebrating these remarkable accomplishments that echo not just for a night, but for a whole lifetime of success!

Celebrating Danielle Vierbergen, SA’s Top SACAI Matric Achiever 
of 2022

Introducing Danielle Vierbergen, the remarkable individual who has secured the coveted title of South Africa’s Top SACAI Matric Achiever for the year 2022. A resounding round of applause and heartfelt congratulations are in order for Danielle and her remarkable journey 
of success!


Our recent conversation with Danielle unveils the secret behind her exceptional achievements during her Matric year. Through our dialogue, we delve into her recipe for success and gain insights into the dedication and strategy that paved the way for her triumph. Be sure to swipe through to discover the invaluable advice Danielle has to offer for aspiring students like you.


It’s with immense pride that we celebrate Danielle’s incredible accomplishment as the top achiever in the SACAI #MatricResults2022. A stellar average of 93.43% and an astounding 7 distinctions serve as a testament to her hard work and dedication.


This moment is dedicated to applauding Danielle Vierbergen and her exceptional accomplishments at Teneo. The future shines brightly for you, Danielle, and we are eagerly anticipating the great things it holds in store.

Danielle Vierbergen

Top National Achieving SACAI Matriculant in SA

Q: What is your recipe for success?

My recipe for success involves a positive mindset and efficient studying. Staying positive helped me to enjoy the journey and kept me motivated to try my best. And, as someone who is prone to procrastination, I found that dividing study material (and SBA tasks) into little bits each day helped lessen last-minute stress and delivered better results.

Q: How did you enjoy your time with Teneo? Any positive and memorable experiences?

I have to say that the two years I’ve spent at Teneo were full of ups and downs, but I really enjoyed my time here. For me, the combination of good times and challenges made my two years at Teneo worth it. I learned to manage my own time and enhanced my self-discipline. A memorable experience I like to look back on is the love-hate relationship I had with Physical Sciences over the past two years, and how, despite all the mental breakdowns and many times I wanted to give up, I ended up defeating the subject with a distinction. Persistence pays off.

Q: Do you have any particular teacher that was crucial to your success?

A teacher crucial to my success was definitely Mrs Jo-lene Stander, Tourism. Although I couldn’t be present in her classes due to having another class at the same time, I always enjoyed watching her class recordings. She always smiled, radiated enthusiasm and never failed to make me laugh. Her positive mindset left a lasting impression on me. And thanks to her encouragement, I’ve felt motivated to study harder and to stay positive until the end. Thank you, Ma’am!

Q: What are your plans for the future? Are you studying further? Or taking a gap year?

At the moment I am taking a gap year to explore my interests, work on my artistic hobbies, and take a break from academics. We all go through life at our own pace, so there’s no need to rush.

Q: Any tips for our 2023 Matrics?

To the Matrics of 2023, I would first like to say good luck with your final year. There are going to be fun times and there are going to be challenging times. So, it’s important to go into your last year with a positive mindset, even at times when everything seems hopeless. Tell yourself that you can do it, and believe that you can. Just try your best and embrace every opportunity and every challenge. And whenever you feel like you want to take a break, take a break — but don’t lose sight of your priorities.

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